Date(s) - Thu 23 Nov - Mon 1 Jan
6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Idaho Botanical Garden
You may have seen the Garden in bloom in summer, but have you seen it glow in the winter? Join us for the 20th annual Winter Garden aGlow at the Idaho Botanical Garden and see our dazzling display of over 300,000 sparkling lights artfully displayed throughout the holiday season.
Special guests Santa and his reindeer Prancer will visit from the North Pole and the Holiday Express, a G-scale model train, will wind its way through the glowing winter wonderland. Local choirs will fill the air with music on select nights. Visit the Garden Store for special ‘holiday specs’ to turn the twinkling lights into holiday symbols and characters!
Events Dates & Times
November 23, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Gates do not open until 6 p.m. – Last admissions at 8:45 p.m.
We are open on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Open rain, shine, or snow.
Closed November 29 and December 7 for Private Sponsor Nights.
Advance Sales made online or in person:
IBG Members: $8
Non-Member Adult: $10
Youth (5-12): $8
Child (4 and under): Free
IBG Members: $10
Non-Member Adult: $12
Youth (5-12): $10
Child (4 and under): Free
Admission Discounts and Specials:
Carpool Monday: $30 for up to 6 people
Military Discount:$1 off admission price (with valid ID)
Purchase Winter Garden aGlow tickets in advance or the night of at the ticket kiosks!
Purchase your tickets in advance by visiting the Garden office Monday-Friday from 9-5 p.m. or online by pushing the button below. Tickets purchased online are date specific but can be used another night if needed.
Online purchases come in the form of e-tickets (delivered in a separate e-mail) which can be taken straight to the gate the night of.
Holiday Garden Gift Store: Open nightly November 23-January 1 from 6 – 9 p.m. Top off your evening and warm up with a visit to The Garden Store located in the Garden cottage during Winter Garden aGlow! You’ll find everything you need from holiday decor to one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. Take home a souvenir like the ‘holiday specs’ or a locally made treasure! Your purchases help keep the Garden blooming all summer and glowing all winter.
Santa will be at the Garden weekends Friday-Mondays in December. Visits are free with Winter Garden aGlow admission.
Holiday Express: A holiday favorite, this authentic model G-scale replicas of steam and diesel engines run nightly through December in the English Garden. Special thank you to the Southern Idaho Garden Railway Society for their time and displaying their beautiful train for another year!
Holiday Carolers: Enjoy live holiday music from local chorus and choir groups on select nights.
Food & Drink: Complimentary cocoa, cider, and cookies – donations encouraged!
Vendors on site may include:
Create your own magical holiday party within the Winter Garden aGlow’s sparkling lights and festive environment. Use either our heated, decorated Tent or the Greenhouse as an exclusive place to warm up and enjoy your own refreshments, or hire a professional caterer. With rental of a tent or the greenhouse, your guests also enjoy all the Winter Garden aGlow amenities. Rental prices include admission to the Winter Garden aGlow for up to 100 guests with the tent rental and up to 50 guests with the Greenhouse rental. You may purchase additional admission tickets at our Administrative Office in advance to accommodate larger gatherings. See our Winter Garden aGlow flyer for further details.
Join us! The Idaho Botanical Garden is recruiting volunteers to help us create the special magic of Winter Garden aGlow as volunteers are the main ingredient! Sign up now and get into the holiday spirit.
The Garden lights up the night beginning Thanksgiving Day Nov. 23 through Jan. 1, 2018 including all holidays. We schedule 15 volunteers on quiet nights and up to 30 or more volunteers on the busy weekends and the days preceding Christmas.
Contact Karen Christeson, Volunteer Manager, with any questions or to sign up for a shift or more today! Once signed up, Karen will send details about check in, parking, and what to expect during each volunteer shift. Karen@idahobotanicalgarden.org or 208-275-8605.
We hope to see you in the Garden soon!